Alumni Columns Northwestern State University Magazine ^mxWA ft3 \ J Zoo YEAI^ f'lwsTini*** Ill Messages Dr. Randall /. Webb, 1965. 1966 President Northwestern State University lirnd Iwrd. 1997 Acting Director University Advancement Dear Alumni: The past year has been an outstanding one for Northwestern State University. This fall, enrollnnent was 9,447 students, an increase of 256 students or 2.8 percent over last fall. The student population was the largest since 2005, the first year of selective admissions at Northwestern State. The average ACT score of incoming freshman improved from 21.49 last year to 21.68, which is above the state and national average. More high school valedictorians chose Northwest- ern State this year. Fifty-one students who were at the top of their 201 2 high school graduating class are attending NSU, an increase of 18 (56 percent) over last year. Academic programs at the University continue to attract national attention for their quality. Our online bachelor's and master's degree programs in education were included in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The graduate program in nursing was ranked among the Top 1 00 in the country by U.S. News. Northwestern State's online graduate school was ranked as a "Best Buy" for teachers and educators who seek affordable online education degrees. Our bachelor's programs in criminal justice and psychology were also named best buys. Northwestern State continued to grow by adding a master's program in homeland security and making the bachelor's degree in computer information systems available online. We are also seeking to develop additional academic programs that address the needs of the people of Louisiana. The University also continued to work with community and technical colleges in Louisiana and in neighbor- ing states to make it easier for students with two-year degrees to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree. Our alumni continue to excel in their professional lives and bring distinction to the University. Each week, we learn about an out- standing accomplishment by an alumnus. I am pleased how often they thank a mentor at Northwestern State for playing a role in their success. I wish each of you a happy holiday season. Thank you for your support of Northwestern State University. Dear Alumni: This year has been one of change and opportunity for me and for Northwestern State University. Transitioning into the director of University Advancement has been rewarding and enlightening and it has been a pleasure to make new acquaintances and renew old ones. The naming of Northwestern State's College of Education and Human Development after our generous benefactor, the late Mary Rives Gallaspy, was a milestone in the history of the university. With Northwestern's roots as an institution to train teachers, it was an honor to name the College after an alumna, educator and business- woman who embodied a spirit of commitment to family and com- munity. (Read more about this on page 1 1.) I hope you enjoy a look back at the festivities surrounding Homecoming, explore links to videos and, if you were unable to be on campus, experience the sense of family that always surrounds the reunions, receptions and other events that make Homecoming memorable. The centennial celebration of the NSU's men's basketball pro- gram gives us an opportunity to remember some of our university's great moments in sports. Where were you when Jermaine Wallace made his memorable 3-point shot in the NCAA tournament? This storied program is in the midst of another exciting season and Coach Mike McConathy is poised to become the state's winningest all-time men's college basketball coach. I wish you all the best for 201 3 and hope to see you on campus soon. Thank you for all you do to support our alma mater. Alumni Columns Official Publication of Northwestern State Universit)' Natchitoches. Louisiana Organized m IHK4 A member of CASE Volume XXII Number 4 Winter 2012 The Alumni Columns (USPS 01.S480) is published by Northwestern Stale Universit)', Natchitoches, Louisiana. 71-497-0002 Periodicals Postage Paid at Natchitoches, La.. and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASIKR: Send address changes to the Alumni Columns, Northwestern Slate Universit)'. Natchitoches, La. 71497-0002. Alumni Office Phone: 318-357-4414 and 888-799-6486 FAX: 318-357-4225 • E-mail: lairdb^nsula.edu NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS President Joseph B. Stamey. Natchitoches. 1983 1st Vice President Tommy Chester. Natchitoches, 1969 2nd Vice President Charles "Buddy" Wood, Many. 1981 Secretary-Treasurer .Malt Bailey, Shreveport. 2003 Acting Executive Director... Brad Laird. Natchitoches, 1998 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Matt Bailey Shreveport. 2003 Jerry Brungart Nalchiloches, 1969. 1971 Monty Chicola Alexandria. 1979. 1980 Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974. 1975 KenGuidry Natchitoches, 1972 Bobby Hebert New Orleans. 1983 Trey Hill Carencra 1985 Adrian Howard Bedford. TX, 1989 Patricia Hrapmann New Orleans, 1973. 1978 Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998 Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 Angela Lasyone Natchitoches. 1986 Bryant Lewis Haynesville. 1958 Carroll Long Longview, TX, 1970 WiUiam L. Luckie Luflcin. TX. 2008 David Morgan Austin, TX, 1973 Kip Patrick Washington. DC, 1995 Cliff Poimboeuf. Shreveport, 1984 Denise Que/aire Baton Rouge. 2005 Joseph W. 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Printing of this material was purchased in accordance with the provisions ot I itic 4' of the I oiiisiana Revised St.itues Cover: Photo illustration shows Coach Prather and 1919 basketball players with current 201 2- 13 team players in the background. Basketball Centennial The Titanic sank. Fenway Park opened. Woodrow Wilson won a four-way contest for the White IHouse. Federal income taxes were created. James Naismith was a professor and university physician at the University of Kansas when Louisiana State Nor- mal College played its first recorded men's basket ball game. That was 1 00 years ago. The Nor- mal boys united and probably played hoops against other teams before 1 91 2-13, but there are not docu- ments to prove it. The records since that winter tell a century-long story filled with excitement and success, brimming with pride about decades of achievements and generations of players who have left a rich legacy that will be the focus of Northwestern State basketball's centennial celebration, highlighted by festivities on Saturday, Jan. 19. Looking back on a century of North- western State basketball, it's easy to pinpoint the "One Shining Moment"- the game-winning 3-pointer by senior guard Jermaine Wallace that capped a 1 7-point comeback over the final eight minutes on March 1 7, 2006, as the Demons of Destiny stunned 1 5th- ranked and third-seeded Iowa 64-63 in the first round of the NCAA Tourna- ment. Yes, Cinderella wore purple on St. Patrick's Day. It and many other exceptional ac- complishments were set in motion when Mike McConathy returned the An outdoor basketball game before World War I. family name to Demon basketball as he accepted the head coaching posi- tion in March 1999, at a school where his father Johnny and two uncles starred in the decade after World War II. Coach Mike established the credo "Championship Basketball With a Purpose" stressing development of his players as members of a winning program that emphasized life skills development, high-caliber character and academic achievement. Well over 80 percent of McConathy's players graduate. "It meant so much when he was of- fered the job here, and it's proven that was a real good hire," said Johnny Mc- Conathy. "That's what Daddy says, and I'm not ashamed to say it out loud." The Demon basketball story in the NCAA Division era (since 1976-77) is also highlighted by a Dec. 7, 1 988, 85- 82 triumph in fabled Rupp Arena over the mighty Kentucky Wildcats, with a scrappy NSU team guided by former Demon sharpshooter Dan Bell defy- ing the odds. Roman Banks played a pivotal role in the win, and now is the successful head coach of the South- ern Jaguars. Another former Demon guard, Mike Brey, is the accomplished bench boss of the Notre Dame Fight- ing Irish. Considering all of the fun and excite- ment since the days of disco dawned, the tradition of Demon basketball was already fabulous at the end of the '50s and well established when Northwest- ern State joined NCAA Division I for the 1976-77 season. Today's home for NSU hoops, Prather Coliseum, honors the immense impact of H. Lee Prather, whose 473 wins from 1913-1950 made him the nation's winningest coach when he became president of the recently renamed Northwestern State College. His greatest team went 23-5 in 1 948- 49 and reached the NAIA semifinals, beating BYU a round earlier. Prather, who was considered nation- ally on a coaching peer with contem- poraries such as Kansas'"Phog" Allen and Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, wasn't ready to step away from the game. Tynes Hildebrand was recruited by him but never played a game for the iconic coach. "Our first practices were with him, and then I guess he realized he could not be both basketball coach and president of the college," said Hildeb- rand, whose family traveled the gravel roads from his home town of Florien to watch him play for the Demons. "We went from a legendary coach to a younger coach who certainly proved up to the task of following Hank Lee Prather." Taking the helm was the Demons' first all-America player, Charles "Red" Thomas, who averaged nearly 20 wins in his seven seasons before going into academic administration, retiring years later as a vice president. Scoring sensations Jimmy"Red"Leach and Dick Brown were two of his stars as North- western won three Gulf States Confer- ence crowns. Johnny "Hound" McCona- thy played for Prather's best team and Thomas'first one before being the fifth pick in the 1951 NBA Draft. "Coach Prather was extremely stern, and he didn't pass out scholarships easily," said McConathy, whose two older brothers, George and Leslie, played for Prather. "I was 5-1 1 when I came to Northwestern, and Coach Prather wasn't very interested in me playing for him. Somebody didn't show up when school started, and he said to me, 'I'm not sure that you'll be any kind of a player, but you're so per- sistent, I'm going to give you a chance, one day at a time.' I was fortunate to grow up a bit [he grew to be 6-5] and was privileged things fell my way." continued on page 2 Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Coach Prather and the 1 932 Demons Basketball game in old gym, ca. 1950 Basketball continued from page 1 The old men's gym, now renovated into the Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center in the heart of campus, was a tingling crackerbox for Demon basketball during Prather's reign, and into the 1960s. "Those were great nights. When you squeeze 'em in and squeeze 'em in, it makes for a great atmosphere, and we had it every game," said Hildebrand. "In those days, Natchitoches was very small, there were very few entertain- ment options, and a home basketball game was a big, big event for the students and the townspeople. There were always about 2,500 people sitting elbow to elbow inside, and there were many more listening on the radio." One loyal listener was a young David Clark, a local boy who became one of Northwestern's finest players from 1 962-67 under coaches Huey Cranford and Hildebrand. "My freshman year, we played in the men's gym, and that was a thrill to play in the building where so many of our great players before me had been. I listened to the radio broadcasts grow- ing up, then I was on the same court," said Clark. "The next season, I was able to make two free throws at the start of the first game in Prather Coliseum, and ! remember thinking as I ran back down the court that I had scored the first two points in the new coliseum, and that was a thrill." Hildebrand steered Northwestern to several NAIA playoff appearances, a notable double OT battle with No. 4-ranked Southwestern Louisiana in 1971, and became a nationally-re- nowned tactician involved in selecting the 1 972 USA Olympic team along with Bob Knight for coach Henry Iba. Future ABA competitor James Wyatt posted mind-blowing rebounding stats and set the school scoring record from 1965-69, with all-time greats such as Clark, Demon scoring king Billy "The Kid" Reynolds and All-America guard Vernon Wilson making headlines in Hildebrand's 1 5 seasons as coach. Charles Bloodworth, a local stand- out, became the first African-American player at Northwestern in 1968-69. "Charles was a great player and teammate," said Hildebrand. "He got us out front of other schools, on the right track." Constants through the years, with few exceptions, have been great fan support and rosters brimming with home-grown players. This season, 1 5 of McConathy's 1 8 players are Louisi- ana natives. "Back in my father's day, all of the state colleges recruited very close to home out of necessity. It was not easy to travel great distances," said McCona- thy. "Now many programs from around the country come into Louisiana recruiting, because Louisiana basket- ball is so strong. We're always going to be Louisiana-based by choice, because there's nothing like playing in front of family and friends." Demon fans have always been pas- sionate. "We had a big fan base, and every- one knew your name," said Earnest Reliford, a native of Ashland who was a standout from 1 977-82. "We had some of the best fans anywhere, and they treated us like family. "It's been a while since I played, but there's still that family atmosphere," said Reliford, who attends every home game and many early-morning prac- tices. "They don't forget you, whether you're always around like I am, or if you're a player who has come back after a long time. That's special." "If you want to go somewhere that the people on campus and in the ^ community care about you," said Don ' Ashworth, who played from 1965-69, "Northwestern is still the place to be." Today Hildebrand, later NSU's athlet- ics director from 1 983-96, is one of the NCAA's four regional officiating ob- servers, an assignment which Demon fans from back in the day and officials of his coaching career doubtless find ironic. Hildebrand's influence covers seven decades as player, coach, admin- istrator and NCAA coordinator, bridg- ing the timeline from Coach Prather to Coach McConathy as he's watched and helped shape our rich history. "I've been a player, then a teacher and coach locally, then basketball coach here, then in the university ad- ministration and then athletic director. There's just so many things that have happened that have been very posi- tive, very good for me and my family, because of Northwestern," he said. Any time the Demons take the court, at home in Prather Coliseum or even in arenas far from Natchitoches, it's likely that former players and coaches are there watching. "It brings back old memories. You look at the young men on the floor, and you think back on some of the good times and know that they're hav- ing some of those same experiences," said Gene Wright, a Demon from 1 958-62. "It's a good feeling every time I watch them play." Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 J Alumni News III Cockrell Grady Beard (1 983) has been included in the 201 3 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a directory used by thousands of lawyers and corporations that is regarded as the preeminent guide to the legal profession in the United States. Beard, a member of Sowell Gray Stepp and Laffitte, LLC, is recognized for his practice in workers' compensation law. Located in Columbia's historic Vista district, Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, provides business and litigation repre- sentation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts in South Carolina. Essie Cockrell (l 970), academic adviser and recruiter for the LSU Health Science Center School of Nursing, retired in September after 1 7 years of service. "My greatest joy is working with students who come into my office undecided about a major, and seeing their faces light up after exploring the amazing opportunities in the field of nursing," said Cockrell. "I'm passionate about nursing and love watching pre- nursing students succeed in their careers." Cockrell's many accomplishments during her time at LSU include earning two master's degrees: a Master of Science in human resource education and workforce development from LSU and a Master of Science in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University. She also taught several courses in the LSU School of Social Work's study abroad program. Paul Ivey, LSU executive director of the LSU University Col- lege, said that the loss of a School of Nursing academic advi- sor on the LSU campus is significant. "More particularly, the loss of a dedicated professional such as Essie Cockrell will be difficult for this campus to truly appreciate, but the pre-nursing students who interacted with her on a regular basis can certainly attest to her value," Ivey said. John Manno (1978) and his wife Lynne of Shreveport were honored in November as Outstanding Philanthropist in north Louisiana by the North Louisiana Association of Fundraising Professionals. Recipients were selected based on their work to further philanthropy in north Louisiana. Those honored reflect a spirit of generosity, creative leadership, team building and commitment to the community. The NSU Foundation nominated Mr. and Mrs. Manno for the award. The Manno family company. Southland Printing has over the years supported charitable organizations such as the Volunteers of America and the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as educational institutions including Louisiana State University, Centenary College of Louisiana and Northwestern State University. Southland also is invested in cultivating the local arts, having provided dona- tions to both the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and The Strand Theatre, where Manno served on the Board of Direc- tors for 28 years. He is also involved with the Krewe of Gemini and is an active member of both St. Pius X Catholic Church and Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Manno is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and is an advisor to the chapter on the NSU campus. He has served on the NSU Foundation Board of Directors and has shown his generosity by establishing scholarships to assist students at Northwestern as well as by serving as the chairman of North- western State's most recent capital campaign which closed earlier this year with a record of over $36 million dedicated to support the educational mission of NSU. Sophie Packard (1 969, 1 984) and the late Joe Sampite (1959) were among those recognized as Natchitoches Trea- sures for 201 2. A recognition ceremony was held in October, sponsored by the City of Natchitoches. Natchitoches Trea- sures are residents of retirement age or deceased within the last year who made lasting contributions to the community through their generosity, service, volunteerism or spirit. The treasures are selected by those who have previously been selected as Treasures. Former student-athlete, actor and busi- nessman Rhett Crosby (i 999) drove from Phoenix, Ariz., to Los Angeles to see his hero Arnold Schwarzenegger during a book tour for his memoir"Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story." Crosby arrived for the book signing 21 hours early and slept briefly in his car before making himself first in line for the book signing in October. Crosby was interviewed and pho- tographed with former California governor - for a piece that ran in the Los Angeles Times ^ i where Crosby described himself as "the ^ number one Arnold fan in the world." Crosby said he's been a Schwarzenegger admirer since age eight and that Schwar- zenegger had been a role model for him, his father and broth- er, all body builders who spent years working out to routines in Schwarzenegger's "Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding." Though fans swarmed the bookstore, Schwarzenegger was an hour late for the book signing. Crosby was not disap- pointed, however, as he got his book autographed and was featured prominently in the Times photo and Twitter coverage of the event. Crosby is a writer and voice character specialist with his company eXtreme Voice Talent. Chef Manny Augello of Jolie's Louisiana Bistro in La- fayette was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year. Augello served a farm-to-table dinner at the Beard House that featured authentic spring and summer foods of Louisiana, including Creole tomatoes, boudin, crack- lins, crabmeat, choupique caviar, grits and south Louisiana cheeses. A French wine called La Louisiane accompanied the meal. Augello is a native of Palermo, Italy, but grew up in the United States and attended Northwestern State. He is an executive chef and a leader in the farm-to-table movement, sitting on the advisory board of the Acadiana Food Circle and purchasing 82 to 86 percent of Jolie's produce from local farm- ers as his menu changes with every season. Augello's specialty is charcuterie. For a peek at his menus, visitjolieslouisianabistro.com. Crosby Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 See more Spotlight stories in the Lagniappe section of the online extended version of the Alumni Columns at northwesternalumni.com/lagniappe Family's marathon journey featured on ESPN's E:60 Northwpstprn State University araduate Heath White and White was deoloved after 9/1 1 Northwestern State University graduate Heath White and his family were featured on ESPN's E:60 in a segnnent that pro filed their inspiring endeavor to raise awareness about indi viduals with Down Syndronne. E:60 is a weekly newsmagazine that examines is- sues and events related to American and international sports. White drew media attention for completing marathons with his daughter Paisley who was born with Down Syndrome. The feature aired in Oc- tober and can be viewed by scanning the QR code below. "Having a child with Down Syndrome was hard," said White, who had already completed three or four marathons before Paisley, his second child, was born. "I came to terms with it when she was about a year old and ran the first marathon with her in 2008 to apologize to her and let everyone know what she means to me." With White pushing Paisley in a jogger stroller, they com- pleted n marathons, - including a 31-mile ultra marathon - totaling 321 miles, a distance significant to White because DS is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome 21. They also competed in a 5K, with White pushing Paisley and a friend, winning second place. Those accomplishment at- tracted news reporters to the family and they were approached by ESPN, who followed them for two years gathering footage for the f;60 episode. White, a former Air Force pilot, is a special agent for the FBI. He earned a degree in political science at Northwestern State in 1 995 and a master's degree in aeronautics from Embry-Rid- dle Aeronautical University. His wife, Jennifer Chance White, earned a degree in elementary education at Northwestern State in 1995 and taught for 15 years. She is now a stay at home mother. They are both natives of Waskom, Texas, and in addition to Paisley, age 5, the Whites are parents to daughters Pepper, 7, and Tex, 2, and welcomed their fourth daughter in October. The family lives in Miami, Fla. Initially, Paisley mostly napped during rac es, but as she grew older began to interact with other runners and wave at spectators from her stroller, which was outfitted with a radio, water bottles and snacks. "It was very positive,"White said. "We got positive reaction from other runners and the crowds. We did Little Rock five years in a row and they expected to see us. It was very motivating." "Having a child with Down Syndrome was hard. I came to terms with it when she was about a year old..." White was deployed after 9/1 1 and ran his first marathon in January 2002. He has completed a total of 22 and quali- fied for the Boston Marathon twice. His oldest daughter Pepper is also an athlete, having compet- ed in a triathlon and currently training in jujitsu. Last November, White and Paisley competed in a 5K in his hometown, Was- kom, the only time the two came in first. Paisley is now involved with Little Rock- ers Kids Marathon, a program that en- courages children ages 7-12 to complete a modified marathon over an extended period of time. She walks a quarter mile every day and will finish the final mile of her marathon with other children on the Little Rock Marathon racecourse March 2, 201 3. The exercise keeps her healthy and active, her father said. The 201 2 Little Rock Marathon in March was the last the two ran together. White now intends to run partnered with young adults affected by cerebral palsy. "What began as a tribute to my daughter evolved to a statement about everyone with disabilities," said White, who has participated in dozens of interviews and has spoken publicly about DS, his relationship with Paisley and how she changed him. "If my message is that children with disabilities are just like other kids, then it was time to stop. Lit- tle Rock was the finale and the end was emotional. Paisley is now ambulatory. Now I want to be paired with someone who can't walk." I Scan this OR code to see the video. Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Five added to Long Purple Line Five Northwestern State University alumni were recognized as new mem- bers of the NSU Alumni Hall of Distinc- tion, the Long Purple Line, for 201 2. This year's inductees are Philip Barba- ree of Shreveport, Robert Lee Kirchoff Sr. of Baton Rouge, the late Mary Rives Gallaspy of Pelican, H. Wayne McCul- len of Natchitoches and the late Dr. George Thomas Walker of Monroe. The inductees were honored during a series of events as part of Homecom- ing festivities Oct. 26-27. Out of more than 75,000 Northwestern alumni, only 109 people have been chosen for this honor. Barbaree and Kirchoff opened their first Superior Grill Restaurant in Shreveport in 1983. After nearly 30 years in the restaurant business, they own and operate seven restaurants, five in Louisiana and two in Alabama Barbaree graduated from NSU in 1 976 earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While at Northwestern State, he was a member of numerous organizations includ- ing Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he served as chapter president and held other offices. Upon graduation, he returned to Shreveport to work with his father in the construction industry before opening Superior Grill. Barbaree was inducted into the Northwestern State School of Business Hall of Distinction earlier this year. Gallaspy, known for her generosity and involvement in her community, passed away in 2010. She was born in Pelican in 1 925 and graduated from Northwestern State College, now NSU, in 1946. She did post-graduate study at the University of Colorado and the University of Arkansas, where she received her master's degree. Gallaspy taught business and Loui- siana history at Pelican High School from 1945-1971, serving as sponsor of the Future Business Leaders of America and giving of her time to take students to musical events, conven- tions and other activities. Gallaspy was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, serving as MU chapter president from 1958-60 and 1968-70. She was Epsilon Northwestern State University hosted a reception to honor inductees into the Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. This year's inductees included Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Robert Lee Kirchoff Sr. of Baton Rouge, the late Mary Rives Gallaspy of Pelican, H. Wayne McCullen of Natchitoches and the late George Thomas Walker of Monroe. From left are NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, John N. Gallaspy, McCullen, Kirchoff, Ellen Walker Stephenson, George Walker Jr., Madeleine Walker, Molly Gallaspy, Dixie Gallaspy, Dr. Leigh Ann Myers, Dr. Whit Gallaspy and Emily Myers. state secretary from 1 959-61 . For many years she was active in the DeSoto Par- ish Retired Teachers Association. Gallaspy was a lifelong member of the Pelican Baptist Church. She served as chairman of the fundrais- ing committee for the new Fellowship Hall, which was totally paid for when completed. She donated a piano and an organ to the church in honor of her parents, John Baker and Lillian McMullen Gallaspy, a 1913 graduate of Normal, and her aunt and uncle, Hettie and Earl Fincher. In addition, she donated property for the expansion of the Pelican Cemetery, and donated several Pelican town lots to the Pelican Baptist and Pelican United Methodist Churches. A gift from Gallaspy, which includes property in DeSoto Parish as well as a monetary bequest, created the Mary Rives Gallaspy Charitable Trust, which is administered by the board of direc- tors of the NSU Foundation. Income from the trust will fund two scholarships: the Hettie McMullen Fincher Scholarship in Mathematics and the Mary Rives Gallaspy Scholar- ship for Business and Education. The Fincher scholarship honors Gallaspy's aunt, who graduated from State Nor- mal School, now Northwestern State, in 1908. The NSU College of Education and Human Development was recently renamed for the Gallaspy family. Read more about Mary Gallaspy on page 1 1 . Kirchoff is a 1 977 graduate of Northwestern State having earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Admin- istration. While at Northwestern State, Kirchoff was a defensive lineman on the Demon football team. He was also a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was named Man of the Year by Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. After graduating, he moved to Houston and was employed by Oil Base Incorpo- rated. in 1989, Kirchoff and his family moved to Baton Rouge to open the second Superior Grill. Kirchoff and Barbaree also opened a Superior Grill and Cocina Superior in Birmingham, Ala., and a Superior Grill and Superior Seafood in New Orleans. Kirchoff was inducted into the Northwestern State School of Business Hall of Distinction earlier this year. McCullen was a three-term mayor of Natchitoches, leading the city from 2000-201 2. He was a member of the Natchitoches City Council from 1 980 - 2000. A 1 969 graduate of Northwestern State in nursing, McCullen earned a bachelor's in anesthesia at the Univer- sity of South Alabama. He served as director of anesthesia at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center from 1974 until 2000. He was named the Outstanding Young Man of Natchitoches Parish and one of the Top 10 Outstanding Young Men of Louisiana in 1 977. In 1 980, Mc- Cullen was chosen as the Outstanding Man of Natchitoches. Northwestern State honored him with an Nth Degree for his meritorious service. Walker, a native of Wyatt, graduated from Louisiana State Normal College in 1 935, then earned a master's at Louisiana State University. He taught at Northeast Junior College, South- eastern Louisiana College and South- western Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) before becoming personnel director for the Port of Embarkation in New Orleans during World War II. After the war, he earned his doc- torate at LSU and later returned to continued on page 8 Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Hall of Distinguished Educators inducts 2012 class HALL OF DISTINCUSHED EDICAIORS ESTABLISHED ZOOO COI I.Kf '')l CATION Northwestern State University's College of Education and Human Development inducted five alumni into its Hall of Distinguished Educators during this year's Homecoming celebration Oct. 27. Honorees must have graduated from Northwestern State's College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. This year's Distin- guished Educators are Dr. Cile Chavez of Little- ton, Colo.; Dr. James Haley of Bossier City, Dr. Sandra McCalla of Shreveport, Dr. Cathy Seymour of Natchi- toches, and Susan Taylor of Coushatta. Chavez earned a degree in social science and mathematics at Northwestern State in 1 963, a master's degree in educational admin- istration at the Univer- sity of New Orleans in 1967 and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980. She began her career as a teacher in Orleans Par- ish. Prior to beginning her own consulting business, she was a teacher and adminis- trator at the middle, high school and university level. During her career, she served as superintendent of Littleton Public Schools, director of the North Central Accreditation for Colorado and assistant dean of the University of Colorado's College of Education, among other education enterprises. Chavez has lived in Colorado for more than 40 years. She has served in leadership positions in numerous community organizations and earned the Phi Delta Kappa Leadership Award twice. She was named one of the top 100 educa- tors in the United States and was a finalist for the Colorado Superintendent of the Year. She also authored a book, "Spirit Moves: Attributes for Transforming Leadership." Chavez has three children and two grandchildren. Haley earned a bachelor's degree in health and physi- cal education and social studies at Northwestern State in 1 959, a master's in education 1 964 and doctor of education degree in 1 976. After working as a teacher and coach for several years, he moved into administration as a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in Beauregard Parish before joining Northwestern State University's admin- istration as vice president for University Affairs. Haley has been affiliated with numerous professional associations, serving as president of the Southwest Super- intendents Association and the Louisiana Superintendents Nortli vvi.stL'rn State University's College of Education and Human Development inducted five alumni into its Hall of Distinguished Educators during this year's Homecoming celebration Oct. 27. Honorees must have graduated from North- western State's College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. This year's Distinguished Educators are, from left, Dr. Sandra McCalla of Shreveport, Dr. James Haley of Bossier City, Susan Taylor of Coushatta, Dr. Cile Chavez of Littleton, Colo., and Dr. Cathy Seymour of Natchitoches, congratulated by Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the Gallaspy (Family) College of Education and Human Development and NSU President Dr. Randall. J. Webb. Association, the executive committee for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and the Governor's Advisory Council for Drug Free Schools and Communities. Haley said hearing from former students and how he made a positive impact on them is one of the most rewarding aspects of his long career. Retired since 1995, he currently does consulting and inspection work. He has been married to Marilyn J. Haley for 32 years and has four children and seven grandchildren. McCalla earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at North- western State in 1960. She earned a master's in instruction and curricu- lum and mathematics with computer science in 1968 and Ed.D. in education leadership at Texas A & M University in 1 987. She was a teacher and principal in Caddo Parish for 28 years be- fore joining the faculty at Northwestern State as a professor and direc- tor of the Division of Education. She returned to Caddo Parish as principal and has served as principal at Captain Shreve High School since 1 994. She also works as an adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University-Shreveport. McCalla said accepting the Blue Ribbon School award on behalf of Captain Shreve High School from the President of the United States at the White House was among her most memorable experiences in education. McCalla has earned several honors during her career, including Caddo Parish Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year, Louisiana High School Principal of the Year, Louisiana Principal of the Year, Louisiana Student Councils, and the National PTA Life Ser- vice Award. McCalla has been selected to numerous leader- ship activities, authored several publications on student leadership and made numerous presentations on education leadership. Seymour earned a bachelor's de- gree in social studies and journalism education at Northwestern State in 1974, a master's degree in secondary reading in 1976 and a doctoral degree in elementary education and adminis- tration in 1 981 . She began her career in classrooms in Natchitoches Parish before moving to Centenary College to direct the English Language Center Scan this QR code to see the video. continued on page W Alumni Column^ WINTER 2012 Making An Impact Donna Weeks Duvall is proud to be born and raised in Rosepine, a one stoplight town where roots run deep, many residents are related and churches proliferate at every turn. Duvall is halfway through a four-year term as the first female mayor of Rosepine, a place settled by her ancestors in Vernon Parish in rural west central Louisiana. "My maternal and paternal families were founding pioneers of the town," said Duvall, who lives on property orig- inally settled by her great-grandfather. "The town of Rosepine was actually part of a tract granted to him by the Land Grant Act. I'm related to most of the town on both sides of my family." Duvall graduated from Rosepine High School and earned a degree at Northwestern State in 1990. After earning her degree in general studies with a concentration in social sci- ences at Northwestern, Duvall and her husband, a member of Special Forces, moved to North Carolina, where she attended Bartonville Women's College and Fayettevi lie Tech in pursuit of a nursing career. When an opportunity arose to return to Louisiana, Duvall moved back home to her family's homeplace and began working in aquatic rehab and wellness at Physi- cal Therapy Services in Leesville. She is a licensed exercise physiologist and helps individuals with arthritis, Parkinson's disease and knee and back problems. "The water helps everybody, unless they are afraid of it," she said. "Aquatic therapy has been a rewarding passion for 1 8 years," she said. "I do water exer- cises all day and then I go be mayor." Descendant of Rosepine founders serves as town's first female mayor Rosepine was founded in 1902 when logging was the area's primary indus- try. Located halfway between Leesville and DeRidder, Rosepine is Vernon Parish's second largest town with a population of about 1,400. The close- knit community has good schools and an appealing small town atmosphere, she said, with nearby Fort Polk provid- ing some opportunity for growth. "It's been a whirlwind adventure. It's difficult to make changes in a small municipality with little money, but that's true everywhere," she said. "I hope to promote unity and growth for the betterment of Rosepine and the citizens of the town." Duvall said that though water therapy has always been her passion, government is quickly supplanting that as the main focus of her time and energy and balancing her work at the clinic with municipal duties is chal- lenging. "There are a lot of issues to deal with. Our infrastructure is from the 60s and breaking down. It's dealing with issues both large and small." Duvall didn't intend to run for mayor. "I originally wanted to run for alder- man as a community service. I needed a new challenge. After I registered to qualify, they called me and asked me to run for mayor," she said. "My cousin really encouraged me to do it. Some- times people see things in you that you don't see in yourself." She had no campaign experience, but started on the ground going door to door. "My grandfather was in a politi- cal position," she said. "I didn't have much experience, but once I started campaigning, I wanted to win. I didn't know what I was getting into." She takes the job day by day, learn- ing every day to be a better leader, she said. "I'm hoping to do some good." Duvall's husband Jay is retired from the U.S. Army. She is the proud mother of David A. Vines and very proud of her five granddaughters. As mayor, she enjoys working with the council and others, who are mostly supportive. She hopes that Vernon Parish leaders will more effectively network with the Army to grow the area, which means finding solutions for a failing infrastructure to attract new businesses. At a meeting of the Louisiana Mayor's Association, she dis- covered that many municipalities have similar problems with infrastructure, especially when communities have been affected by drought. "We recently had to pass a sales tax and it was a hard decision. The septic lines were put in in the 1 960s and need improvements. We need to repair the wastewater treatment plant. People want repairs right away, but it's a process. We've had to raise rates on water and sewer. It's hard on the elderly. It's hard on families with children. It's hard on everyone." Duvall tries to focus on the positive. She is working with her local histori- cal society to develop a walking park for Rosepine and would like to build a ballpark for children. "I hope some of those projects, like the walking track, will bring the elderly and children together. Those are things that all communities need. Our school is a big attraction. We have a good school and good educators but no parks." Working to solve her town's prob- lems has impacted Duvall's life in "mostly positive ways, but it's challeng- ing. I know my grandparents would be proud. They were hardworking. Christian people. They'd also say 'Look what you got yourself into.' It's work. It's hard. I give it my all and try to do the right thing for people. Everybody wants to live in Rosepine. It's a nice town and a nice community. It's the rose in the pines." Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Surgical unit named for Ledet and partner West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur held a dedication cerennony to honor Northwestern State Uni- versity alumnus Dr. Walter Ledet Jr. and his colleague Dr. A. Kent Seale in naming the hospital's surgical depart- ment after them. The naming of the Dr. A. Kent Seale/Dr. Walter P. Ledet Jr. Surgery Department hospital honors the surgeons' long history of service and commitment to the hospital and community. Ledet is a board certified surgeon who has practiced in Sulphur since 1975. His research and techniques in surgical removal of the gallbladder conducted with his partner Seale have been published in leading medical journals and received national and international acclaim. Ledet and Seale traveled to Mexico and Sweden to present their findings and demon- strate their surgical techniques. During the ceremony, several physi- cians and members of the hospital leadership team shared comments about the accomplishments of the two surgeons and their ability to provide continuous general surgery call cover- age at West Calcasieu Cameron Hos- pital for over 40 years. Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan presented each with a key to the city. Ledet was named one of Louisiana's Top Doctors in 2007 and was named in Who's Who. Ledet did his internship at Con- federate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport and was named Outstand- ing Intern. He served as chief surgery resident and chief administrative house staff resident in 1 973. He served Dr. Walter Ledet jr. was surrounded by family during a dedication ceremony for the Seale/ Ledet Surgical Department at West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur. From left are Dr. Winston Bollinger, Camille Bollinger, Dr. Walter Ledet Jr., his wife, Michelle, and his par- ents, Betty and Walter Ledet Sr. as a staff surgeon in the U.S. Navy. Ledet is a member of the Calcasieu and Louisiana State Medical Societies, the American Academy of Pain Man- agement and the Society of Laparoen- doscopic Surgeons. He is a member of the Surgical Association of Louisiana and the American Burn Association. In 2007, he was named one of the state's top surgeons by Louisiana Life magazine, which surveyed physicians throughout the state to identify the best professionals in 71 specialty areas. Ledet's great-grandfather was Dr. James Willis, a founding doctor of Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. Ledet and Seale trained together during their residencies more than 40 years ago before the two opened the Sulphur Surgical Clinic. As advances in technology, surgery and medicine occurred, the two took the lead on pioneering several practices and took advantage of medical innovations to lessen post-op recovery time. They invented the minicholecystectomy, a new and efficient approach to gall bladder surgery, and were the first surgeons in the United States to use the improved technique. Ledet earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern State in 1964. Last year, he was inducted into the Long Purple Line, Northwestern State's Alumni Hall of Distinction. Out of more than 75,000 Northwestern alumni, only 1 09 people have been chosen for this honor. Following comments from their friends and colleagues, the A. Kent Seale, Walter P Ledet, Jr., Surgery De- partment plaque commemorating the ceremony, along with photos of the surgeons, was unveiled. The surgery department that bears their names includes five surgical suites, a post anesthesia recovery area, two special procedure suites and an accompany- ing day surgery department. Long Purple Line continued from page 5 Northwestern State as dean of applied arts and sciences and dean of administration. In 1 958, he became president of Northeast Louisiana State College, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and served until 1976. Under his leadership, Northeast grew in enrollment and academic stature and increased its physical plant. In Walker's 18-year presidency, Northeast became the largest university in North Louisiana in terms of enrollment and state appropriations. Enrollment increased from 2,100 to 9,700 and the institution achieved university status. Walker was the author of numerous academic and profes- sional journal articles, and authored several books on ac- counting and business education. Following his retirement he wrote The Building of a University (]99]) and Emy-Lou Biedenharn: Her Life and Legacy ( 1 999). Walker passed away in 2011. Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Man of many trades contributes to Louisiana food book State Rep. Henry Burns of Haugh- ton has demonstrated during his colorful career in business, politics, military service and most recently as an author just how versatile, flexible and successful North- western State University graduates can be. Burns, who enrolled at Northwest- ern after graduation from high school in the little Webster Parish town of Shongaloo, earned a bachelor's degree in upper elementary education in 1 970 and later received a master's from Pep- perdine University in California. Planning to use his education degrees for a career in teaching. Burns got sidetracked by a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and became an expert and instructor in ex- plosive ordinance disposal for military "bomb squads." His academic background in educa- tion helped prepare Burns to teach U.S. soldiers, NATO forces, FBI and CIA officers and others classes in military munitions, clandestine devices. Presi- dential security and special weapons. After nearly eight years in the Army and two decades in the Army Reserves, Burns retired as a lieutenant colonel and received the prestigious Meritori- ous Service Medal. When Burns ended his full-time stint in the Army in the late 1970s, oil fields around his hometown of Shongaloo and other parts of North Louisiana were bustling with activity, and he decided to get in on the oil business boom. Henry had seen a lot of the country in his military travels, but he wanted to get back close to his roots when itcametime to settle down. He had fond memories of his time in the woods, rivers and streams that sur- rounded his little hometown. There was also a strong, lifelong bond with his college alma mater in Natchitoches, which was not far away. His mother had graduated from Northwestern and was an elementary teacher. His dad attended LSU and became a Farm Bureau agent after a career of military service. Henry and his wife Lynette guided all four of their children to Northwest- ern although Lynette went to Kansas State. Henry said he could accept that, because the school's colors of purple Henry, who has served on North- western Alumni Association and NSU Foundation boards, has recently been a featured guest at book signings in and around Shreveport. Northwestern alumni can look for the book by the NSU alumnus and feel some of the verve, vi- brancy and magnetism that have made Henry Burns such a successful business- man, prominent politician and riow a noted author. and white are the same as Northwest- ern's. All of Henry and Lynette's kids and their spouses are NSU alumni. The Burns family was living the good life when oil wells were pumping and he was an independent petroleum and natural gas operator, but the bottom dropped out of the oil business in the state in the 1980s. Then Henry, who had kids in college and had also become a thoroughbred owner and breeder when times were good, started looking for a better way to feed his family and his stable of horses. Burns heard that The Wooden Spoon, a bakery that specialized in gift baskets of cookies and cakes, was for sale. With no skills or knowledge about the baking business except a deep appreciation for his grandmoth- er's banana nut bread, Henry bought the bakery. Henry and a couple of employees made bushels of cookies and cakes from scratch every morning, and he personally delivered gift baskets of the baked goods by the thousands over the years to birthday parties, hospitals, holiday events, offices and homes. He became known as the Cookie Man and made a lot of friends as he delivered gift baskets far and wide for special occasions, captivated folks with his wit and charisma and entertained them with downhome stories about his life and Shongaloo upbringing. Careful to remind people that he is the Cookie Man with a "C" and not a "K," Henry acknowledges that he might be viewed once in a while as a little "kooky" because of his flamboyance and gregarious personality. But it was that unique persona, combined with his military and busi- ness experience, strong educational background, compassion for people and the relationships that he built by visiting with so many folks through the years, that helped launch yet another successful career for Henry. . .this time in politics. He was elected to the Bossier Parish School Board and served in that posi- tion for 1 5 years. Then Henry expand- ed his political influence by winning a seat in the Louisiana House in 2007. He was re-elected to the position last year without opposition. Burns is popular with legislative col- leagues and has also been an effective part of major reforms in the state as an ally and floor leader for Gov. Bobby Jindal. Friends in the House and Senate say that if the legislature had a congenial- ity award similar to those for beauty contests, Henry would win it. Not the beauty contest, just the congeniality award. Now Henry is adding a new chapter to his life, so to speak. He is calling himself an author, but that might be stretching it a bit. Actually, he wrote just a chapter for a new book entitled, "Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde." The book that was created and edited by Peggy Sweeney McDonald and produced by Pelican Publishing Company includes 77 chapters by restaurant owners, chefs, elected of- ficials and other notable personalities focusing on a wide variety of Louisiana foods, culture and cuisine. Burns' segment of the slick, 200- page publication highlights his Wood- en Spoon business and touches on other aspects of the life of the Cookie Man, a title that he treasures. Included in the chapter by Burns is a recipe for the kind of banana nut bread that he could smell baking in his grandmother's oven as he grew up in the Red Rock Hills of North Louisiana. Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Distinguished Educators continued from page 6 and later serve as an assistant prin- cipal in Caddo Parish. She joined the faculty at Northwestern State's College of Education in 1 999 as director of clinical experience and associate dean until her retirement in 2007. She is currently an educa- tion consultant for Pearson Publish- ing and JBHM Education Group. Seymour is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and numerous other professional organizations related to educa- tion, accreditation and professional development. Seymour said many of her most memorable teaching experiences occurred while work- ing with students in alternative school environments and watching pre-service teachers evolve from students to competent educators. She has been married for 42 years to Dr. Dan Seymour. The couple has two children and are expecting their first grandchild. Taylor earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1974, M.Ed, in reading in 1978 and -1-30 in 1 980. She began her career in the elementary classroom before moving into administration in Red River and Natchitoches parishes, serving as principal of Coushatta Elementary, the NSU Elementary Lab School and Riverdale Academy. She is currently school improve- ment specialist/principal mentor for JBHM Education Group. Taylor cited her years of working with and mentoring new teachers and de- signing and implementing success- ful practices as among the most rewarding of her career. Taylor has been recognized as Woman of the Year, Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year for Red River Parish and was Student Teacher of the Year at Northwestern State. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma honor society for women educators. Taylor has been married to Joe F. Taylor for 47 years and the couple has two daughters and four grandchildren. Both their daughters earned degrees in edu- cation at Northwestern State. President honors Murchison with Distinguished Service Award Northwestern State University honored the late Tom Murchison with the Presi- dent's Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to the university and to the Natchitoches community. Murchison's family accepted the award during the Nov. 10 football game inTurpin Stadium. NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb presented the award to members of the Murchison family, from left, Farrah Murchison, Vicki Murchison, Ava Murchison, Tommy Murchison, Gretchen Murchi- son, Anna Grace Murchison, Ian Murchison, Tim Murchison, Tyler Murchison, Lane Murchison and Garrett Murchison with NSU Director of University Advancement Brad Laird. View the full story in the Lagniappe Section at northwesternalumni.com/ alumnicolumns or scan the QR code with your smartphone to see a video clip. Johnny Antoon presented with Nth Degree Northwestern State University awarded an Nth degree to Natchitoches business- man Johnny Antoon at halftime of the Northwestern State - Sam Houston football game. Antoon, a 1 968 graduate of Northwestern, has helped numerous NSU stu- dents pay for their college education by providing them with jobs. The Nth Degree is given in recognition of unselfish devotion to duty and the willingness to go the "extra mile" in meritorious service to mankind. Those at the presentation were, from left, NSU Director of University Advancement Brad Laird, Assistant Director of Development Jill Bankston, Danielle Antoon, Michael Antoon, Merle Antoon, Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb and Johnny Antoon. View the full story in the Lagniappe Section at northwesternalumni.com/ alumnicolumns or scan the QR code with your smartphone to see a video clip. Alumni Column^ WINTER 2012 Northwestern State University's College of Education and Human Development will be named the Gallaspy (Family) Col lege of Education and Human Development in tribute to the distinguished educator and Northwestern State alumna Mary Rives Gallaspy and her family, several of whom are also North- western State graduates who pursued careers as educators. Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb an- nounced the renaming during a Long Purple Line reception, where Gallaspy family members were gath- ered for the induction of Mary Rives Gallaspy into Northwestern State's Alumni Hall of Distinction. "Mary Rives Gallaspy was a kind, generous, service-oriented lady who became blessed with resources and knew well how to manage them," Webb said. "Her compassion for others during her lifetime was exemplary, but was even more so in her death. When she passed away in December 201 0, her generous estate was directed toward the enhance- ment of the lives of many." Last year, the Gallaspy family announced a bequest to Northwest- ern State University that includes property in DeSoto Parish, as well as a monetary donation that together created the Mary Rives Gallaspy Charitable Trust administered by the NSU Foundation board of directors. Income from the trust funds two scholarships: the Hettie McMullen Fincher Scholarship in Mathematics and the Mary Rives Gallaspy Scholar- ship for Business and Education. The Fincher scholarship honors Gallaspy's aunt, who graduated from Normal, as Northwestern State was then known, in 1 908. A branch of the Gallaspy family also established the Mary Leigh Marshall Gallaspy Endowed Scholarship for Family and Consumer Sciences. Gallaspy was recently inducted into the Long Purple Line, NSU's Alumni Hall of Distinction. (See page 8.) Gallaspy was also the owner of Rocking G Farms, a cattle and timber business in DeSoto Parish. She established two subdivisions in the Stonewall area. Pelican Place North and The Meadows. Through the years, Gallaspy was a caregiver to many elderly relatives and friends in her hometown of Pelican. After her father's death, she and her mother moved to Shreve- port. When her mother became ill and two of her aunts also needed care, Gallaspy provided them a home and met their Mary Rives Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development named for Gallaspy family needs. The other half of Gallaspy's extensive holdings were made available to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home. Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, said faculty in the college voted for the renaming and expressed full support of the initiative. "Miss Gallaspy's gift to Northwestern will provide the resources for the university to award scholarships to deserv- ing students for decades to come," Gentry said. "Students now and for future generations will benefit from Miss Gallaspy's remarkable gen- erosity in establishing substantial scholarship funds at her alma mater that will continue to perpetuate the lifetime of philanthropy and service for which she will be long remem- bered and appreciated." "The funds available to the NSU Foundation are primarily in support of scholarships for students major- ing in education, business, math- ematics and related fields of study. Thanks to Miss Gallaspy's vision and generosity, the Foundation awarded Northwestern State students the largest number and dollar amounts in private scholarships in school history this fall," Webb said. "It is with this deep kinship and high esteem I feel for every member of the Gal- laspy family that I proposed the Gal- laspy (Family) College of Education and Human Development as the title of the area that has been the cornerstone of Northwestern since its founding in 1 884 as an institution of higher education dedicated to the preparation of excellent teachers and school personnel." In detailing his family's long relationship with Northwestern State, John N. Gallaspy, executor, described his cousin's rural upbringing as one in which education, religion and family were top priorities. "This environment supplemented by her later years of higher education and followed by her career as a teacher produced the personality and mindset of Mary Rives Gallaspy. When she signed her last will and testament, she was enunci- ating the theme that shaped her," John Gallaspy stated. "The Gallaspy family as a whole has been touched for many years by the institution known as Northwestern. The Normal has enriched our lives for generations." Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Ill Foundation News Chesapeake supports student scholarships Northwestern State University spirit groups and administrators welcomed Chesapeake Energy Public Affairs Manager Jeff Holliday as he presented a check to the Northwestern State University Foundation to support student scholarships. From left are Director of University Advancement Brad Laird, Holliday, Dean of Students and Assistant Provost for Student Life Dr. Chris Maggio and Vic the Demon. Read the full story in the Lagniappe sec- tion on Page 25. Scan this QR code to see video clip. CIS benefits from long relationship with State Farm Andy Baragona, a 2003 graduate of Northwestern State University, returned to his alma mater to present a $50,000 check to the School of Business's Computer Information Sys- tems program on behalf of his employer. State Farm. Funds were awarded through a State Farm grant program based on the Northwestern State CIS program's mission, program history and accomplishments, organizational and program changes, how the program has maintained currency in the field, community support and declaration of need and how the funds will be spent. State Farm has fostered a relationship with Northwest- ern State since 2001 and recruits CIS and other business students for internships and career opportunities at its corporate headquarters in Bloomington, III. This is the third time State Farm awarded a grant to Northwestern State's CIS program, which consistently earns top honors in collegiate competitions sponsored by the Association for Information Technology Professional (AITP). Northwestern State has placed first 1 3 times in 1 2 years. Baragona is a systems analyst and campus manager for State Farm. He was a member of Northwestern State's 2003 national championship AITP team and noted that with so many NSU alumni having relocated to Bloomington, the university's sense of family has been transplanted along with them. "Northwestern State graduates are well-balanced. They have the technical aptitude we are looking for, as well as the personal skills," Baragona said. "We appreciate the relation- ship between State Farm and Northwestern. We can come back here and find the recruits we need year after year." According to Dr. Jack Russell, CIS program coordinator, the grant will fund the installations of Smart Boards and projection systems in teaching laboratories, purchase laptop computers and other amenities for classrooms, fund student scholarships and aid in recruiting initiatives. r NORTHWESTER> 11 Northwestern State University's Computer Information Systems program received a $50,000 grant from the State Farm Foundation. From left are Dr. Austin Temple, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Business; NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Northwestern State graduate Andy Baragona, a systems analyst and IT recruiter for State Farm, and Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney. "State Farm started recruiting at NSU in 2001 because the company learned that the CIS student teams were winning national championships in both programming and systems analysis and design," Russell said. "State Farm recruits from a number of universities, but the State Farm Foundation designates five of the top schools to apply for the State Farm Foundation Grant. State Farm named the NSU CIS program a Key program in 2003. Over the nine-year period of being a Key program the CIS program has won three State Farm grants totaling approximately S 1 70,000." "This money coming into our program is terrific," said Dr. Austin Temple, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Business. "Our students continue to compete well on a national level and this speaks well of our program." Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Nursing scholarship targets locai students Administrators at Natchitoches Com- munity Care Center presented funds to the Northwestern State University Foundation in continued support of a scholarship to benefit an upper level nursing student. From left are NSU Associate Director of De- velopment Jill Bankston, Center Administra- tor Maria Mapa, Director of Nursing Annette Walker, Director of University Advancement ^ Brad Laird and Margaret McDaniel, social services director of Chinquapin House/ ^■s household coordinator. Read the full story in the Langiappe section on Page 24. Schooi of Business Hall of Distinction Administrators in Northwestern State University's School of Busi- ness recognized AdvoCare International with the Director's Out- standing Business Award and its founder, the late Charles E. Ragus, with the School of Business Alumnus of Distinction Recipient. Ad- voCare is a leading nutritional supplement company. Ragus, a 1 965 graduate of Northwestern, founded the company in 1983. Following his death in 2001, the Charles Ragus (Founder of AdvoCare Inter- national) Family Endowed Chair was established in his honor in the School of Business at Northwestern State. Ragus was inducted into the NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 2002. Accepting the award are members of the Ragus family, from left, Kelsey Cook, Debbie Cook, Peggy Ragus and Courtney Cook. Dear NSU Alumni, You are cordially invited to the following receptions, honoring the Class of 201 3 scholarship recipients and priority students in your area. All receptions are 6 - 8 p.m. > 29 (Tuesday) < 3 30 (Wednesday) Covington Z < 31 (Thursday) New Orleans Ormond Plantation, 1 3786 River Road, Destrehan, LA 70047 Hosted by Kelley Guidry & Misty Wainwright, 540 Pelican Ridge Dr., Madlsonville, LA 70447 Baton Rouge Hosted by Lilly Chase, 2750 WIndrush Way, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 5 (Tuesday) Houston Hosted by IVlike& Andrea Gailien, 33 10 Green Tree Park, Houston, TX 77007 6 (Wednesday) Dallas Hosted by Tommy &Susan McCullough, 6616 Briar Ridge Lane, Piano, TX 75024 7 (Thursday) East Texas Area Hosted by Carroll & Susan Long, 419 Oak Valley Drive, Longview,TX 75605 19 (Tuesday) Lafayette Joey's Catering, 503 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506 20 (Wednesday) Lake Charles Hosted by Major General & Mrs. Erbon W.Wise, 313 Sam Dunham Rd., Sulphur, LA 70663 21 (Thursday) Leesville Hosted by Gene and Martha Koury, 192 Gene Koury Rd., Leesville, LA 71446 26 (Tuesday) Ruston Hosted by Brian & Andrea Shelton and Harvey Marcus, Squire Creek Country Club, 289 Squire Creek Parkway, Choudrant, LA 71227 28 (Thursday) Bossier Hosted by Mike Knotts, 2450 Clearbrook Way Haughton, LA 71037 < Representatives from University Recruiting and University Advancement will be present alongside our President, Dr. Randall J. Webb. Please join us as we encourage these students to choose Northwestern State University. ^ RSVP to email@example.com -4 Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 Ill Athletic News Outstanding former Demons included in 2012 N Club Hall of Fame Sister Sledges 1979 hit song "We Are Family" vould have been the per- ect music choice for the five 201 2 Graduate N Club Hall of Fame inductees enshrined at Homecoming 201 2 during inspiring ceremonies attended by dozens of current student- athletes and a couple hundred more supporters at the Magale Recital Hall. Three-time all-America high jumper Terrance Bean and two-sport record- setter Tiffany Cronin Crawford spoke about their time as track and field teammates at NSU. Sensational softball pitcher Nancy Percle Ensminger, one of 10 children, spoke about being a Lady Demon teammate with her younger sister, and proudly pointed out that her niece now is pitching for Northwestern. Football all-America center John King had his father Wayne present him for induction, and talked about the ath- letic department being one big fam- ily. Former NFL safety Robert Moore, whose acceptance speech inspired and entertained the audience, relished hav- ing a large group of teammates at the ceremony and more coming in for the football game later in the day. "The greatest thing about it was the teamwork, and having so many of my teammates back here today to share it with, that's what is special to me," said Moore, a Shreveport-Captain Shreve product who credited his presenter, Charles Fulton, and the many track ath- letes who also played football as major factors in his NFL success. "I was finishing up 24 hours to gradu- ate in the spring semester and couldn't get to the first mini-camp but Charles was over there going through it. He told me what to expect and he told me I could make it," said Moore, who started 43 of 60 games with the Atlanta Falcons from 1 986-89. " The good Lord put a lot of things in place for me to succeed. "At Northwestern, a lot of track guys were playing football, so we got used to the speed of the game here. That translated well for me because the speed of the game didn't change that much going from here to the NFL. That, and I got really good coaching here, so I was well prepared," he said, referring to legendary head coach Sam Good- win and two of his assistant coaches, current Texas Tech defensive coordina- tor Art Kaufman and current Arkansas State DC John Thompson, who has held the same job at Arkansas and South Carolina. King, a state champion discus thrower at Springhill High where his fa- ther was the principal, also mentioned the track/football partnership and said it stretched around the entire athletic program during his playing career as a four-year starter from 1 987-90. "It's hard to single out one memory as a career highlight, but the comraderie with the fellow athletes, the great play- ers I played with, and the togetherness that our athletic department had, that really stands out," said King, now the athletic director and highly success- ful football coach at Longview (Texas) High. "A lot of our guys competed in track. We went to all the other sports' games and they came to ours. It was one big family. "And not by coincidence, we were able to win some pretty big games," he said as a proud member of the 1 988 De- mons' Southland Conference champi- onship squad. Bean won four Southland high jump titles indoors and outdoors from 1 995- 97. Percle Ensminger helped the Lady Demons win 69 percent of their games from 1990-92 and the 1991 Southland Conference title. Cronin Crawford is still regarded as the greatest volleyball player in school history, twice earn- ing All-SLC accolades from 1994-97, then winning a Southland triple jump title and reaching the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1999 as a senior in track and field. Playing two sports collegiately at the NCAA Division I level wasn't daunting for her. "It started at a young age with my parents encouraging me. They were very influential. I always knew I needed to work hard to succeed, and I strived to earn a scholarship so I could play at the college level," she said."! played three sports in high school and never really had any down time, so to come here and play two sports wasn't really a big deal to me. I just worked very hard to be sure I was playing them well." She enjoys keeping track of the 201 2 Lady Demon volleyball team. "Living in Corpus Christi, I'm able to go watch them play once a year and definitely, I take great pride in their suc- cess. I was part of that program and still feel like they're an extension of me and my teammates. It's exciting to see them doing so well," she said. Falling short was Bean's catalyst to his remarkable career. He wasn't successful at his first NCAA meet." The first time in Tennessee when I made it to the national meet, I did not make all-America. But I realized I was able to compete at that level. It was disappointing not to make all-America, but I saw it was within my reach," he said. "It was a turning point for me to go from riding the wave to really considering myself a top-level athlete. If you believe it, you can achieve it." The following year. Bean made a remarkable run at making the 1996 USA Olympic Team. "That was 1 7 of the greatest days of my life. I came in ranked 30'" out of 30 qualifiers, but I was able to have a great meet and make the finals. I broke my hand earlier, but (NSU team physician) Dr. (Chris) Rich was able to fix me up. I didn't even know if I could compete that season and I wound up jumping for a chance to make the Olympic Team, so it was a great year," said Bean. Percle Ensminger was a Lady Demon teammate with her sister Claudia, which made being at NSU feel like home away from their Baton Rouge home. "I had a huge family, and our parents kept us all really involved in sports because it builds character and teaches lessons. Having my sister here on the team gave me comfort. Some people get homesick, but I never did because she was here. It was nice, it was fun, | and it kept us very competitive too," she '' said. King said there were many NSU team- mates and coaches who were worthy continue J on page 15 Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 ■^( S' ^ A it/ / Congratulations to our former student athletes who were inducted into Northwestern State's Graduate N Club Hall of Fame during Home- coming festivities. From left are Terrance Bean, Tiffany Cronin Crawford, John King, Nancy Percle Ensminger and Robert Moore. N Club continued from page 14 choices to introduce hinn, but he never had any doubt that his father was the right one. "He's probably the biggest reason I'nn here. He supported me in every- thing I did, and he's always been my role model," said King. "He told me he wanted me to be better than him, and I don't know that I can do that, but I've had a great dad to support me." As Moore was surrounded by fam- ily members from Shreveport and his wife and children from Atlanta, along with Demon teammates following the ceremony, he reflected on his favorite moment as an NSU football player from 1982-85. "In my junior year, we went over to Southern Mississippi and knocked off a giant (a 22-0 win over a bowl team that beat Ole Miss the following week). They were talking down to us, laughing at us in warmups, and we said we'll take care of business on the football field," said Moore. "It was true then, and it is true now: the brand that we produce at Northwestern can stand up anywhere." Groundbreaking ceremonies for extensive renovations to the NSU Lady Demon Softball Complex Renovations to the NSU Lady Demon Softball Complex have begun to provide a new grandstand, press box and concession stand. It will be entirely funded by private support and NSU student facility improvement fees with about half of the $466,000 already in hand. Taking part in the ceremony were (l-r) Lady Demon player Paige Cavallin, Bank of Montgomery president Ken Hale, Softball player Kylie Roos, Billy Gray of the Natchitoches Area Jaycees, softball player Brooke Boening, NSU president Dr. Randy Webb, Lady Demon softball player Jordan Palmer, assistant coach Amanda Locke, NSU Athletics senior woman admin- istrator Carrie Crowell, NSU athletic director Greg Burke and Lady Demon softball coach Donald Pickett. Alumni Columns WINTER 2012 PROFILE Lane Burroughs New Northwestern State baseball coach Lane Burroughs was known for his dry sense of humor when he was a Demon assistant coach in 1997-98, but there has been nothing subtle in the powerful message he has passed along since June to a recep- tive audience of former and current NSU players, supporters and univer- sity staff. Following 17 years as an assistant coach under some of the college game's best head coaches, Burroughs accepted on June 1 8 the reigns of a Northwestern State program which won nine Southland Conference championships in a 14-year stretch from 1 991-2005. The Demons remain the league's win- ningest program since 1 990, averaging almost 36 victories per year (nearly 800 total). After spending the last four years as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, where he helped former NSU head coach John Cohen (1998-2001) return the Bulldogs to nationally competitive status. Burroughs relentlessly pursued the De- mons' vacancy once it opened May 31 . "I had a great job. We (wife Susan and three children) lived 90 minutes from where we grew up (Meridian, Miss.), but Northwestern State has always been on the back of my mind," said Burroughs. "I wanted this job, and I wanted it bad. "This is a special place. Not one day in my coaching career, and I can say this honestly, passed by without me thinking at least once about Northwestern State and Natchitoches - something I learned here, somebody I met here." Burroughs was hired as a Demon assistant by Dave Van Horn, who just made his fifth College World Series appear- ance, his third at Arkansas. Van Horn's pitching coach at NSU was Rob Childress, now the highly-successful head coach at Texas A&M. Van Horn took the reigns of the Demon pro- gram from Jim Wells, who won three Southland Conference championships in five seasons before getting the head job at Alabama. Wells' assistant at NSU and Alabama, Mitch Gas- pard, returned to follow Cohen as the Demons' head coach for six years, and then succeeded Wells at Alabama. Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco was Wells' assistant at NSU before Gaspard stepped in that role in 1993. With that amazing coaching history - every head coach in the Southeastern Conference West Division in 201 3, save for LSU's Paul Mainieri, will have coached at Northwestern - the Demons' head coaching vacancy drew great interest. Bur- roughs has made clear his sights are set on raising pennants at NSU's Brown-Stroud Field, with a strong set of core values in place, not keeping an eye open for his next coaching job. "This is a cradle of coaches, and in our business, we all know that. If you come in here and think, let me see how many wins I can get, and get going (up the coaching ladder), these kids are smart and they're going to read right through you," he said. "When you come in here and you care about them, you love them, you lock shields with them and lower your head and get after it, they'll run through a brick wall for you, and we're going to get it done together. I'm going to lean on these boys, they're going to lean on me. We're going to win championships, we're going to do it the right way, and we're going to have fun doing it." Burroughs encourages his players, and supporters, to think big. "We are working to get to Omaha (home of the College World Series). Period. Why are we doing this if it's not about getting to Omaha?" "If Stony Brook can do it, that certainly can happen at Northwestern State. You want to crawl before you walk, you walk before you run, but absolutely you say that's our goal, because now more than ever, it's within reach," he said. Burroughs stands by cornerstone principles for his pro- gram. "We have good players and tremendous students in our baseball program here, and we strongly emphasize academ- ic accomplishment. We emphasize character. We are getting out in the community. We're going to play hard, compete and have fun doing it. "When a kid leaves this institution, I want him to say, those were the best years of my life, not only in baseball, but in the community. I want him to come back to NSU, I want him to give back to NSU." Having recruited Louisiana, east Texas and Mississippi extensively throughout his career, it has been easy for him to outline his plan for filling the Demons' roster. "You have to take care of your back yard first, and that means Louisiana kids first. Then you go out around us and there's a lot of deserving young men a tank of gas away from us to the east, west and north," he said. "Junior college players from all over fit into the mix of course, and we have a great track record with them in this program. "I'm excited about telling young men about the opportu- nities they have here," said Burroughs. AiumniQ)lumns WINTER 2012 Looking Back W ith two seconds left on the clock and the Demons down by two points, Jermaine Wallace snagged the ball, turned and shot from the three-point line while falling backwards. As he landed, the ball sank into the basket, making the final score 64-63, lifting the underdog Demons to a victory over third-seeded Iowa in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 17,2006. The Demons amazing come- from-behind victory over the Hawk- eyes dominated the Pontiac Game- Changing Performance competition to earn a $ 1 00,000 contribution to the university's general scholarship fund. The victory over Iowa was only the 1 5'^ time in NCAA tournament history that a 14-seed team beat a third-seed team in the first round of tournament action. The team's motivation and leadership on and off the court made the season memorable for all students, faculty, staff and the Natchitoches community. In Memory Guess Who In 1 984, Northwestern State University commemorated its centennial with a series of special acknowledgements, among them, the dedication of the official centennial seal. Can you name the individuals pictured placing the seal? The first five readers to call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 will win a prize. Answers to the Fall 201 2 Guess Who, lineman taking a break during the Northwest- ern State-Florence State football matchup in the fall of 1 969 were Leonard Richard- son, Bobby Koncak, Leslie Robertson and Steve Gaspard. Those who guess correctly were Michael Ramsey (1972), Glenn Sapp (1970) and Steve Gaspard (1970). 1925 - Mittie Virginia Oden Bryan, Oct. 22, 2012, Gig Harbor, Wash. 1946 - Giro S. Lampo, Feb. 3, 2012, DeRidder 1940 - Rev. William Roy Dowden, Sept. 8, 2012, Hombeck 1948 - Pauline Poll< Dowden, Oct. 10, 2012, Hornbecl< 1951 - Emmett Horn Jr., April 11 , 2012, Brandon, Miss. 1952 - Jacque Gunn, July 2, 2012, Beebe, Ark. 1957 - Willard H. "Sonny" Jolinson, Aug. 9, 2012, Baton Rouge 1958 - John Baxter "J.B." McElwee Sr., Oct. 5, 2012, Coushatta 1959 - Charles David "Joe" Shilling, June 24, 2012, Houston 1959 - Perry Hardy Smith, Oct. 1 , 2012, Columbia 1967 - Rachel Wright Lincecum, Oct. 5, 2012, Biloxi, Miss. 1973 - Kathlyn Breazeale, Sept. 23, 2012, Tacoma, Wash. 1973 - Timothy Allen Jones, Aug. 27, 201 2, Lafayette 1978 - Linda L.G. Leggett, Oct. 18, 2012, Many 1993 -James Carroll "Jimmy" Williams, Nov. 2, 2012, Alexandria 2011 -Terrel A. Delphin Jr., Oct. 26, 2012, Melrose Janell Harkins deVargas - Sept. 8, 2012, Natchitoches Alumni Columns version including the new Lagniappe section where more snippets, alumni spotlights, additional photos and video clips can be found. View the f ull maqazine with tl northwesternalumni. com/alumnicolumns Reunions planned in men's basketball, track and field, baseball Reunions for former team members in men's basketball, track and field, and baseball are being held soon, with details available through the NSUDemons.com website. Players, coaches, staff members and their families are especially invited to participate. ► The Centennial Celebration for Demon basketball will be held Saturday, Jan. 1 9 at Prather Coliseum, with recognitions and activities during the men's game and an evening event commemorating the 100th year of the sport at Northwestern. The events will take place during and after a doubleheader with the Lady Demons tipping off at 1 p.m. and the Demons following about 3 p.m. against old rival Southeastern Louisiana. ► In track and field, the annual all-comers alumni reunion will be held April 26-27, in conjunction with the second annual Leon Johnson NSU Invitational meet on Saturday, April 27 at the Walter R Ledet Track Complex. ► For Demon baseball alumni, the second annual all-time reunion date will be confirmed soon. The Demons' 1993 Southland Conference championship team will be saluted while anyone who played, coached or was part of NSU baseball through the years is encouraged to attend and meet the new De- mon coaching staff, headed by Lane Burroughs, who was an assistant at NSU under Dave Van Horn and John Cohen in 1997-98. f\iOJ'